COUNCIL chiefs have confirmed supermarket chain Morrisons as their preferred developer to help convert its massive offices into a multi-million pound retail centre.
Bolsover District Council aims to sell Sherwood Lodge, off Oxcroft Lane, Bolsover, and its surrounding land and move to new premises as part of a cost-saving scheme and regeneration plan to boost jobs and business.
Coun Alan Tomlinson, council regeneration chief, said: “We strongly believe this development will be a catalyst to Bolsover becoming a thriving town centre.
“The development will complement existing businesses and aid regeneration not only in terms of creating jobs but also by attracting new businesses, people and visitors.
“This redevelopment also presents us with an opportunity to move to newer, more efficient, flexible premises at no cost to the taxpayer.”
The scheme, which is subject to planning consent, includes a medium-sized foodstore, car parking, offices, a council contact centre, conference facilities and a police station.
Bolsover District Council previously said it hoped a new development would create over 200 jobs.
Morrisons’ development executive James Brook said: “The new Morrisons store will create a substantial number of jobs with excellent training and development opportunities targeted squarely at local people.
“Employing a local workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve has been an intrinsic part of the our success story for many years.”
However, residents have raised concerns about the council moving out of the town and the impact on its staff but many welcomed the idea of a new store and jobs.
A public consultation is to take place at Sherwood Lodge, between 10.30am and 7pm, on Wednesday, 2nd November, as the council and Morrisons shape their plans.